Sadly, my favourite Rohan Bags pants are finally to be demoted to gardening duty and a rainy day task has been research their replacement. Choice seems to be down to Rab Treklite, Montane Terrapants or another pair of Rohan. Trawling the net I can find them at good prices, all within about £10 range around £50. I would be interested in opinions from you good people on this as I have no experience of the Rab or Montane offerings, although reviews seem positive. Main usage will be Snowdonia, Peak District and possible Pembrokshire Coast Path this year.
Any user opinions will be gratefully received - and for those lucky enough to be able to get out this weekend, have a good one
I can't go past Craghoppers nowadays. The new Kiwis especialy are realy good. They'll do what you ask no problem. Come in around the £30-£40 mark. I've used them in freezing weather in Scotland and with a pair of longjohns they're fine. Great for the summer as they have a waterproof coat and UV protection.
For a year round general pant I use a Lowe Alpine pant. Or in heavy snow and such I use fleece ones backed up by longjohns and good waterproofs. Horses for courses.
I have a pair of Treklites which are super-stretchy (and for) me ticked all the boxes; I only wore them 3 times before weight loss put them in the gear cupboard. So if you are XL a bargain can be yours
My reduced figure now sports a pair of Montane Dynamics (also stretch); I like them a lot, although the cut of the pockets might be a concern in rain (it wasn't last weekend). I got these as I liked the design and the 'virtually waterproof' fabric they are made from.
Enjoy the coast path - a great walk.
I love Rohan Bags... but not for walking in. They're my everyday work-wear (desk based), but for walking they're IMHO a little restrictive and while it's raining they're like getting slapped on the thighs with a wet fish every step.
One option, currently available in the Rohan "Souk" Bargain Bin, are a version of Bags in Epic treated cotton. This is a very effective silicone encapsulation which makes them reasonably close to waterproof. I've a pair and while they've only yet been out in showers, 20 minutes cycling in a shower and not getting at all wet inside is pretty impressive for cotton! The fabric is a little heavier than standard Bags' and is rustlier, and the cut is slightly more generous (I take 32" Bags, still take 32" Epic Bags but have started using a belt).
But they wouldn't be my choice for hillwalking (I use them for going to work on wet days). I prefer something with stretch, as it gives more freedom of movement for the legs without needing a baggy cut which catches the wind and rain so much better. This time of year it's Ronhill Tracksters for me, shorts if it's nicer, or for warmer stuff something in a stretch soft-shell (I use ME Liskamms in Schoeller Dryskin).
If Craghoppers look okay to you there's usually a rack full of them for pennies in TK Maxx. Personally I avoid the like for walking for the reasons given above. I'm not a fan of thigh pockets on walking trews unless I'm doing fieldwork or the like and need a notebook handy: they increase drying time, and anything you put in them gives them the chance to rub that little bit more as you walk.
Only tried terra's here which were good summer weight trousers. The others probably good too. Worth noting that Rohan do now have a rather wide looking range of trousers, some of which might prove useful alternatives to bags.
(various styles in lightish polyamides and one set of fascinating looking 200g polypro ones?!)
Since they're all going to perform reasonably well then very much worth trying them on in advance to check for fit. Could easily make your decision for you. Certainly if you can find one of them nearby and find them to fit nicely then I wouldn't worry.
ed h - thanks for the offer, but I'm just under an L with wee short legs!!
Lots more options here - I feel another days research coming on. Still it will keep my mind off not being able to get out and about
Not so keen on stretchy troos myself - use Rab Alpine Treks. Lightweight, quick-drying and pretty windproof. Good pockets too.
I thought this was a thread about underwear. Seems it's about trousers
I've some (now discontinued) Montane Terra Stretch trousers - excellent kit, if your can find them.
I thought it was about baselayer/underwear also this is a british forum, what gives with the american terms . As far as trousers go I tried loads and I find most of the good quality brands i.e craghoppers / north, face etc etc etc are all pretty good. I recommend looking for bargains in your size. For summer use you can't beat a pair of zip-off leg trouser/short convertables.
Well don't blame us - RAB/Montane/ME etc started it
Rohan less American although bags isn't precisely a common way to refer to trousers either
MC beat me to it - just easily led me!!
Anyway, what's underwear??
Just did an 18 miler yesterday in a pair of aldi walking trousers (£9.99) and found them second only to an old pair of travelsmith s for comfort . 5 pockets and zip off legs complete a good investment .
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